Norwich City boss Chris Hughton denies Wes Hoolahan’s FA Cup absence was due to Aston Villa bid

Norwich City midfielder Josh Murphy was impressive on his first senior start in a 1-1 FA Cup third round tie against Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Josh Murphy was impressive on his first senior start in a 1-1 FA Cup third round tie against Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, January 4, 2014
5:54 PM

Chris Hughton dismissed suggestions Wes Hoolahan’s absence from his match day squad for Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup third round home draw against Fulham was due to a £1.5m bid from Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

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Reports in the Midlands on Friday night claimed former City boss Paul Lambert had made an enquiry for the Dubliner but Hughton revealed Hoolahan had reported an unspecified injury concern on the eve of the Carrow Road cup-tie, in which Robert Snodgrass cancelled out Darren Bent’s opener.

“Wes reported an injury yesterday. At this moment he is having treatment. It is nothing to do with being linked to other clubs,” said Hughton, speaking immediately after the game. “Has there been a bid? Not that I am aware of, absolutely not. At the moment it is a hypothetical situation that you are asking me about. We had nine senior players not involved today and my biggest concern today is getting those back and bringing new ones in. It is not our intention to lose players. There is no news to report in or out. We are working, the same as most teams and anything we have to tell you we will.”

Hughton’s side now face a Craven Cottage replay but the City chief was adamant his much-changed line-up did enough to win the tie at the first attempt with Josh Murphy producing an eye-catching first senior start. Cottagers’ keeper David Stockdale denied Ricky van Wolfswinkel with a stunning second half stop to keep out his goalbound close range header.

“It was an outstanding save. From the angle that we had we thought it was in. It is a wonderful save,” said Hughton. “I thought we gave everything to win the game. We had to make wholesale changes with the injuries we have. David Fox played his first game in six weeks. Javier Garrido played his first game in midfield for us and young Josh (Murphy) was making his first start. We had to manoeuvre the team around a fair bit and taking that all into consideration I felt we were worthy of the win, if you look at our work in the final third and the amount of balls into the box. We conceded a poor goal. It is there for all to see. It was a fairly hopeful ball in our box and there was no doubt we should have dealt with it better.”

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44 comments

  • I believe that was almost exactly the same thing (they said about Wes) that City said about Dean Ashton when he sat out an FA Cup tie with an 'injury' just before being sold to West Ham. Well, at least Villa won't need to be worried about Wes being cup-tied now !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • I see Lambert is now second favorite to be sacked and Hughton third. I cannot believe that the two boards will let these two conduct a piece of January business together that may not benefit either club and may hurt at least one.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Wasn't at the game and didn't hear any commentary so can't comment . However if CH sanctions the sale of Wes then he can kiss goodbye to any hope of winning back the masses . Maybe we should put in a derisory bid for Benteke , about £2 million should do it . We should be putting bids in for goalkeepers and strikers to sit on the bench with no hope of playing .

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    mjc75

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Well he would ,wouldnt he !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Well he would ,wouldnt he !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Presumably he didn't deny it seven times Albert, otherwise he really would have the blues. 'He bro give me the Hughton tonk blues'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Waclor - so you consider Bryan Gunn obscene do you? Rubbish manager I admit, and should never have been given the job full-time, but I'd never speak about a former club legend in that way, especially one who gave the club such great service. Talking about someone whith such contempt considering the charity work the bloke has done is below the belt don't you think? I think it says more about what sort of human being you are really

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    stephen davis

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • No Lobbo please [said in the very best Joyce Grenfell accent]

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • 10 out of 10 oldtimer---like yourself i have been a season ticket holder (home & away )for more years than i care to remember. Only problem is that at the A.G.M. we were told by the board that we would finish 10th or above----so Hughton will stay in charge untill it is mathematically impossible for us to achieve this. By then it may be too late

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    superfan59

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • I like TrevorKeith's comment.....an attacking coach if this is an option would benefit the club... On another subject it is time to sell Becchio....he was essential last season as a back up striker but now it is clear he will not play in the first team it is time to give him an opportunity with another club.

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    Watton Warrior

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Same old storey and excuses from Hughton. We should have won but as usual we didn't. Watching Norwich under Hughton is like a slow death from a thousand cuts.

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    andys

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • RIGHT MR HUGHTON IF YOU LET ARE BEST PLAYER GO WHO SHOULD BE IN THE TEAM EVERY WEEK YOU KNOW WHERE THE DOOR IS THE FANS WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU IF YOU LET WES LEAVE, I CAN'T ACTUALLY BLAME HIM IF HE DOES GO THOUGH AS ALL HUGHTON DOES IS DEFEND AND DON'T PLAY WES ANYWAY AND FUNNILY ENOUGH EVERY GAME WES HAS PLAYED THIS SEASON WE HAVE ACTUALLY CREATED OPPORTUNITIES AND LOOKED PRETTY DECENT AND ATTACK MINDED WHICH MR HUGHTON OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T LIKE BECAUSE HE LIKES TO DEFEND,

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    hooley14

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Sorry stephen my comment was based entirely on his time as manager although I never rated him as a goalkeeper either to be honest. Where "Legend" comes from I cannot imagine. His charity work and the personal tragedy he suffered which started it are of course another matter for which I only have respect and sympathy. As a manager and so called legend, he has neither, I'm afraid.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Same old, same old. Hooton's comments, and style of play. It's all getting very boring (yawn). Carrow Road's so quiet nowadays compared to when the excitement was regularly dished up in Lambert's days. Sorry Mc Nally & co, but this just isn't entertaining us fee paying fans. ((;- ((;- ((;- We want value for our hard-earned dosh. PLEASE do something about it pronto. Time towards the Championship's getting shorter and I can't see season ticket holders hanging on in a second time around.

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    Honest Injun

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Well he would ,wouldnt he !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Well he would ,wouldnt he !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Oldtimer, you are spot on - 100%

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    Henry

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • I, like most fans want to see the end of the Hughton and muppet regime. People like willb, dan and other optomistic fans disagree and it is their right to do so, but in all honesty can any true football fan of our club truly say that they are happy with the same defensive rubbish week after week, with no idea of how to change a game. It is inevitable that we will get stuffed a la Man. City, Liverpool etc, because with their multi millions world class players it will happen. How many easily winnable games have we watched where points have been lost? How much money have I wasted watching this dross when in my heart of hearts I know this is not going to change until Hughton and co. are gone. To those who say we are not true supporters for telling it like it is, I say, how many of you travel home and away, and have done for years. I am a true supporter, and I will always support my team, but I never rated Hughton from day one and nothing he has done since have ever changed my mind . He is way out of his depth here and we need to get rid asap.

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • I am in no way a Hughton supporter and was at the game today. I will give him credit for trying something different and think a number of players had a good game. The three in midfield controlled much of the game, the back four looked solid and young Murphy put a number of decent crosses into the box. Yes RVW did have a couple of decent attempts at goal but for me showed once again that he cannot play the lone striker roll. He really needs to be played with a target man to lay balls off to him as he fails to connect with crosses. Had Hooper and Ruddy been playing today then we would surely have won this game. I cannot see the board getting shot of the manager so I would like to see either a director of football come in or simply an attacking coach. That would be Glen Hoddle, David Platt or Mike Phelan for me and whoever should be told that unless things improve they would be likely to take over the reins.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Agree with your post Old Timer. My worry is that we are now past the tipping point regarding a change of manager. Also, it is getting harder to see who is available and able to drive this club forward instead of backwards. We still need 20 plus points and while that may not seem many, when you look at our record and the fixtures it is not easy to be optimistic. We have a very hard run-in added to which we seem incapable of beating those around us.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • I am in the Hughton out contingent but I think I now understand the point of view of Willb, Sharky and co. You've got to be in it to win it as the saying goes and I suspect those who support Hughton for now, do so on the basis that at this moment he remains the best bet for Norwich to avoid relegation. Perhaps they are right. Perhaps they agree with us that he is a cr@p manager but still the best bet. Remember Winston Churchill's record as a minister. Apart from the war years where he obviously excelled, his performance was very ordinary to say the least. The board may well take this view as well. One thing is for certain, he will not be leaving any assistants able to step into his (brown) shoes like Sherwood at Spurs so perhaps sending him down the road next May is the best way forward. If it gets more desperate before then, they have the last chance saloon move of getting shot of him and hoping for the bounce effect of a new manager for the last few weeks of the season as Sunderland did with Di Canio last year. I just hope we are still a premier league team when the board fires him.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • How many more games are we going to deserve to win but don't? It's getting embarrassing. Houghton out! We want Malky.

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    midlandcanary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • While many here appear to be looking for any excuse to criticise our manager, before you begin spitting bile over Wes remember this: there's been no bid, there's been no enquiry according to NCFC and this speculation is over something the Daily Mirror made up. It's also worth noting that it's not up to CH how much a player is sold for (or bought for either). Like or loath Hughton, don't start judging him based on some bs in a tabloid.

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    Dan

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Sorry for the repeat message its the sites problem Bill,thanks for the recogition though !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • 'Stew' if Hoolahan goes I'll wager there's an increase in red wine consumption in the Pydsodd household.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Oldtimer, you are spot on - 100%

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    Henry

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Really can't afford to lose Wes - he's one of our few creative players. Great to see David Fox pulling the strings in mid field again. Remarkable performance considering he's not played for a month. I hope he's played his way into contention. He's such a good, reliable passer of the ball. Fully deserved man of the match.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • End of last season I remember Villa fans chanting Lambert;s name as if he was the Messiah! Now they want him out. Funny old world!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Well he would ,wouldnt he !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Thought we were C..p as usual! This really is not going to get any better under CH is it!

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Midlandcanary - you say "We want Malky", which frankly, shows you're clueless. You should have said "I want Malky" cos you certainly don't speak for me and many others I know who don't want Malky - a manager who has done nothing to suggest he is any better than Hughton. He may have done well for us as a player, but so did Gunn

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    stephen davis

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • All we have to do is sell him to villa for 1.5million, change his name to Wes Van Hoolahan and McNally will buy him back for £10million, paying them four months in advance, then hand him to his 'manager' and insist he plays him every week, apart from when he has a toe strain. Then all the believers can marvel about his actual ability as well as his 'great movement'

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    North folk

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Interesting analogy Waclor, re Churchill. The thing about Chrissie is that even if we were bottom of the league with nineteen squad players injured, you still get the feeling that he would rather discuss flock wallpaper with your mum, than give it a Churchillian speech

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Well he would ,wouldnt he !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Do you think Hughton is trying to remove anyone at Norwich who is more popular with the fans than he is? If he does, they'll be able to hold the end of season dinner in a telephone box.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Very good point Dan. Remember for journos the old adage "No news is no job!".

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Well he would ,wouldnt he !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • stephen davis, you don't actually know anything about me other than that I dislike Bryan Gunn and think Chris Hughton is a rubbish manager. I would suggest that is hardly enough to form an opinion of a person's qualities as a human being; not that your opinion matters to me one way or the other though. Gunn's name came up in a discussion of managerial ability and in that context, it is obscene. As to his being a legend, my memories of Gunn are as a conceited and barely adequate goal keeper whose lapses in concentration cost Norwich the title during his first season. I congratulate him on his charity work which is very worthy. Obviously nobody is all bad. Adolf Hitler was very kind to his dogs.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Anyone else have the feeling the board don't know whether to stick or twist. If there was a glaringly obvious replacement out there, then I'm sure they would go for it. But then so would Villa, West Ham and possibly a couple of others. Malky has the sentimental appeal definitely, but would we end up swapping one negative manager for another. If CH goes ( or should that be when ) I would like to see a more attack minded manager come in. He says stating the obvious! Interesting comments about season ticket holders having enough. I agree that some may find it difficult to sign up for more of the current dross when we get the invites later this month!!

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • WW, I think you may well be right that now is the time to let Becchio move on as he cannot be happy never getting a game. I fear it was a case of him being signed with CH thinking he was a target man type striker rather than the traditional No 10. Perhaps we should consider offering him as a apart exchange for a target man. Burnley currently have Volkes who scored against Southampton yesterday and he is a reasonably big lad around the same size as Holt. They also have Ings who has now score 20 goals this season but I fear bigeer clubs will be after him, but Becchio could be a sensible replacement in the eyes of their management.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Stephen Davis please do not use obscene four letter words on this site, especially the word beginning with "G".

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • I think it fair to say that Hughton may not be the most popular person at Carrow Road at the moment. If Wes goes for anything less than three mill, he may well find that he has shot himself in the foot, assuming he hasn't blasted his feet off the face of the earth already

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Agree with Andys 100%. Our play in every match is so dull, frustrating and lacking any real threat.

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    Henry

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Rather than sell Wes to Villa, perhaps we should offer to swap managers as PL certainly knew how to get the best out of Wes by playing attacking football. I have often thought that many managers simply FIT at a particular club. If I were Wes I would be demanding to be let go as he really needs to be playing regular football, something that has not happed since CH arrived at Norwich.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

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